Obama ordered cyber attack on Iran facility
PRESIDENT Barack Obama ordered the Stuxnet cyber attack on Iran as part of a wave of sabotage and espionage against the would-be nuclear power, according to a new book citing Washington sources.
The computer virus, aimed at the Natanz uranium enrichment facility, was designed to damage centrifuges by making covert adjustments to the machines controlling them. It formed part of a "wave" of digital attacks on Iran codenamed "Olympic Games" and was created with the help of a secret Israeli intelligence unit, the 'New York Times' said in a report based on a book chronicling secret wars under the Obama administration.
Security experts examined Stuxnet in 2010 and reasoned that the expertise and intelligence needed to deliver what was described as the "world's first cyberweapon" pointed to a joint operation by US and Israeli agencies. (© Daily Telegraph, London)